Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Specials And Giveaways

As our thoughts turn to Christmas within a few days and ourholiday_banner425 lives become even more hectic with last minute details, it’s a treat to find specials on the books we love to read and have a chance to win a fun holiday DVD.

Today’s post is a hodgepodge of sorts as I want to share some interesting holiday specials and giveaways that are currently going on and others that will begin soon.

First, let me tell you about a new holiday blog that authors Karen Wojcik Berner and Karen Cantwell have set up. The blog, Books and Baubles, features 10 new short Christmas releases. 

The Christmas releases include: A Bibliophile Christmas by Karen Wojcik Berner, A Spirited Season and It’s A Dunder-Bull Wife by Karen Cantwell, Mistletoe in Manhattan by Talli Roland, Murder Trims the Tree by Deb Baker, One Snowy Night Before Christmas by Pamela Fryer, The Billionaires’ Christmas Club by Theresa Ragan and D.D. Scott, The Christmas Grandma Ran Away From Home by Nancy Warren, Buffalo Nickel Christmas by Larry Enright, and Hope for the Holidays by Dana Taylor.

The authors are also holding a giveaway for the chance to win an Amazon gift certificate, as well as all of the books listed on the site. In addition, there are articles on holiday gift ideas, favorite seasonal movies, and great classics for December.

Be sure to stop by Books and Baubles and check out these Christmas specials.

The great folks at Simon and Schuster have been featuring a Holiday Sweeps Week since Monday and today is the last day to enter. 

You can enter through their Facebook page at Today participants have the chance to win a Pimsleur course in the language of their choice!

SEASON PRICE PROMO TimelessDesire_webcoverAuthor Gwyn Cready’s TIMELESS DESIRE: AN OUTLANDER LOVE STORY eBook was recently put on a special Holiday Season Price Promo for just 99 cents. The special price will be available from now until Christmas.

Here’s a brief synopsis of TIMELESS DESIRE:
Two years after losing her husband, overworked librarian Panna Kennedy battles to distract herself from crushing grief, while she wrestles with yet another library budget cut.  During a routine search within the library’s lower levels, Panna opens an obscure, pad-locked door and finds herself transported to the magnificent, book-filled quarters of a handsome, eighteenth-century Englishman. She soon recognizes the man as Colonel John Bridgewater, the historic English war hero whose larger-than-life statue loomed over her desk. 

However, the life of the dashing Bridgewater is not at all what she imagined. He’s under house arrest for betraying England, and now looks upon her—a beautiful and unexpected half-dressed visitor—as a possible spy. Despite bad first impressions (on both sides), Bridgewater nonetheless warms to Panna, and pulls her into his escape—while both their hearts pull the other headlong into their soul-stirring secrets. 

Very quickly Panna is thrown into a whirlwind of high-stakes intrigue that sweeps her from Hadrian's Wall to a forbidding stone castle in Scotland.  And somewhere in the outland, Panna must decide if her loyalties lie with her dead husband, or with the man whose life now depends on her.

Author Ann Summerville will be offering A GRACEFUL DEATH, theGraceful Death New Cover-1 first book in her Lowenna series, free for five days on Amazon (Kindle) beginning December 26.

Here’s a brief description of A GRACEFUL DEATH:
Giovanna Matthews has an acceptable life in London with her own flat, a good job, and recent engagement to the son of a Scottish landowner. But not long after her engagement to Alan, news of Aunt Grace’s death hits her like a red double decker bus. Ignoring his pleas to stay, she bundles her dog and suitcase into a rusty Volkswagen and drives to her aunt’s cottage on the Cornish coast.  

Although her intent is to take care of Aunt Grace’s affairs and leave the village quickly, she is persuaded to join the local knitting circle and rekindles old friendships. Further complicating her decision to leave Lowenna is her attraction to David, a childhood friend. Although the villagers are closed mouthed about her aunt’s demise it soon becomes clear to Giovanna that not only is her aunt’s death no accident but there is a family secret involving her missing cousin.

I’ll have a link on the sidebar reminding you of this closer to the time of the giveaway. Today I  just wanted to give you a bit of advance notice so you could mark your calendars.

With the holiday season comes shopping. But finding presents for your loved ones can be no easy task. That’s why Warner Bros. has come up with their awesome Happy Holidays Blog App featuring some classic and new movies out on Blu-ray sure to please everyone on your Christmas list from your teeny nephew to grandma.

You can take the WB Holiday Movie Challenge to see if you are a true compile. Keep your movie skills sharp with this awesome quiz. Try the Decode-A-Scene Game before time runs out. Can you figure out what movie scene is slowly being decoded in front of your eyes? The sooner you figure it out, the more points you earn. Looking to throw an epic holiday party this season? Give the Holiday Survival Guide a try. It has some awesome tips to make you look like a total holiday master.

Warner Bros. wants to wish you a happy holiday season and to celebrate they are offering a last minute giveaway opportunity geared toward the holidays. Thanks to Warner Bros. and the great folks at PartnersHub Family I have a special holiday collection on Blue-ray to give one lucky visitor.

The prize includes either a copy of Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection, Classic Christmas Favorites or Dr. Seuss’s Deluxe Holiday Collection on Blu-ray. The DVD will be chosen randomly by PartnersHub from the above Blue-ray titles.

To enter the giveaway for this special holiday DVD, please send me an email ( with the subject line “Win Holiday Collection.” Your message should include your name and mailing address. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and no post office box addresses can be accepted. And, just so you know, I don’t share this information with anyone other than the promoter nor use it for any other purpose. The deadline to enter this giveaway for a chance at a special holiday DVD will be 8 p.m. (EST) on Monday, Dec. 17.

These are only a few of the wonderful specials going on now through Christmas. If you know of others, please be sure to tell us about them. Thanks so much for stopping by today. Remember to share the specials you know about.


  1. Mason - Thanks for sharing all of these deals, promos and specials. They are all great ideas and they look like fun too. And no waiting in long lines! :-)

  2. Thanks for posting my giveaway of A Graceful Death.
    I'll add a link on my blog to let my followers know of all the great deals you've posted today.

  3. Ann sent me over. Your blog is lovely and full of information. Hope you can stop by Critter Alley for a visit sometime soon!

    Critter Alley

  4. I enjoyed all of Cready's books including this latest one.

    Happy holidays to you and your family, Mason!


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